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Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy

 

Brief Introduction

 

      The Institute of Astronomy at National Tsing Hua University was established in 2001 with its master program. The PhD program started from 2009. The purpose of the Institute is to conduct high-quality teaching to cultivate younger generations for astronomy education and research, to perform front-end astronomy research, and to become an internationally well-recognized institution.
      The Institute offers comprehensive fundamental graduate courses and a variety of optional courses on different topics, which include Stellar Astrophysics, Galactic Astronomy, Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, The Solar System, Interstellar Medium, Cosmology, Radio Astronomy, High Energy Astrophysics, Observational Astronomy, etc.
      The Institute also offers, in  the Department of Physics, undergraduate courses such as General Astronomy, Basic Astronomical Observation, Introduction to Astrophysics, etc, to form a set of undergraduate astronomy curriculum.
      The Institute owns an on-campus observatory for teaching purposes. Besides, several small optical telescopes are stationed at a few sites around the world (the Taiwan Oscillation Network, TON) to conduct helioseismic, asteroseismic, and exoplanet observations. Several faculty members also frequently conduct observations and data analysis with international facility such as large radio telescopes and astronomical satellites.
      The major research fields in the Institute include solar physics, star and planet formation, and high energy astrophysics. Theoretical investigation, observation and data analysis, and instrumentation are all involved. The observation covers various wave bands from radio, infrared, optical, X-ray, to gamma-ray, across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. One of the goals of the Institute is to become an internationally well-recognized institution.
      The career prospective of students graduating from the Institute is promising and rich. Students can continue to develop their academic career, or devote themselves into education at high schools and institutions like museum and planetarium. Astronomy training and research also involve various analysis methods, computer software and hardware, electronic devices, mechanical engineering, material sciences, etc. Students are therefore also capable of turning themselves into other fields in the industry.

 

Special Features of the Institute

 

      The Institute owns an on-campus observatory for teaching purposes. Besides, several small optical telescopes are stationed at a few sites around the world (the Taiwan Oscillation Network, TON) to conduct helioseismic, asteroseismic, and exoplanet observations.

 

Faculty and Staff

 

CHANG, Hsiang-Kuang Professor (Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Bonn University, Germany, 1994 ) high-energy astrophysics, neutron stars, Trans-Neptunian Objects
CHEN, Huei-Ru Associate Professor ( Ph.D. in Astrophysics, University of California at Berkeley, 2004) star formation, radio astronomy
CHEUNG, Kingman Professor (Ph.D. in physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1992 ) Elementary Particle Physics(Th.)
CHOU, Dean-Yi Professor (Ph.D. in Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 1986) solar physics, helioseismology and asteroseismology, exoplanets
GENG, Chao-Qiang Professor (Ph.D. in Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA, 1987 ) Field Theory, Elementary Particle Physics(Th.)
GOTO, Tomotsugu Assistant Professor (Ph.D. in physics, University of Tokyo, 2003 ) High redshift QSOs, dark energy
HIROTANI, Kouichi Associate Professor (D.Sc. in Theoretical Physics, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan 1993 ) high energy astrophysics
HO, Paul Professor (Ph.D. in Physics, MIT, 1977 ) Radio Astronomy
JIANG, Ing-Guey Associate Professor ( Ph.D. in Physics, University of Oxford, 1999 ) exoplanets, formation and evolution of planetary systems, galactic dynamics, galactic structure
KONG, Albert Professor (D.Phil. in Astrophysics, University of Oxford, U.K., 2001 ) high-energy astrophysics, compact binaries, black holes, neutron stars
LAI, Shih-Ping Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A., 2001 ) star formation, interstellar magnetic fields, radio observation, infrared observation
LEE, Typhoon Professor (Ph.D., in Astronomy, University of Texas , 1977 ) Nuclear Astrophysics, Earth Science
LIU, Sheng-Yuan Assistant Professor (Ph.D., in Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999 ) Star Formation, Astrochemistry
SHY, Jow-Tsong Professor (Ph.D., in Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, U.S.A.,1982) Laser Spectroscopy, Laser, Optics Atomic. and Molecular Physics

 

Curriculum

 

Stellar Astrophysics 3 credit hours
Galactic Astronomy 3 credit hours
Colloquium (I) 1 credit hours
Colloquium (II) 1 credit hours
Special Topics (I) 1~3 credit hours
Special Topics (II) 1~3 credit hours
Special Topics (III) 1~3 credit hours
Special Topics (IV) 1~3 credit hours
Observational Astronomy 3 credit hours
Astrophysical Radiative Processes 3 credit hours
Solar Physics 3 credit hours
The Solar System 3 credit hours
Interstellar Medium 3 credit hours
Galactic Dynamics 3 credit hours
Cosmology 3 credit hours
Radio Astronomy 3 credit hours
Infrared Astronomy 3 credit hours
High Energy Astrophysics 3 credit hours
Thesis (I) 2 credit hours
Thesis (II) 2 credit hours

 

Graduate Requirements

 

For Master degree students, 24 credit hours and a thesis

For Ph.D. degree students, with a master degree, 18 credit hours and a dissertation. Otherwise 30 credit hours and a dissertation 

 

Financial Aids

 

For information about International Students Scholarship, please kindly refer to http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en

 

Contact Information

 

For information specifically related to the Dept./Institutes of Astronomy, please contact

Chairman/Director : MOU , Chung-Yu at chairman@phys.nthu.edu.tw
                                
KAO, Hsiu-Ying at sykao @ mx.nthu.edu.tw

 

For further information on the Dept./Institute, you can also link to http://astr.web.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home.php?Lang=en

 

 

 

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